Oct 6th 1879
My dear Brother,
We have been looking out for a letter from you for some time now it is coming to fine weather now we have finished hearvest we finished Saturday.
I was down to Port Eynon yesterday afternoon. It was ten weeks since I was down before. I did not stay to meeting the Minister from the Mumbles was there and Father thought I should get a cold coming home we have given up going to the wells it is to cold. I am going to Sketty to stay with Aunt Harriet for a little while on Wednesday.
Poor Capt. Stevens is very ill. Sill is thinking of going to see the world a little on Saturday. George Bevan of Horton is talking of going to London William Bevan of Horton & John Austin Bevan have been in London. John has been there for more than twelve months at work and Wm about six in last and do you not think it will be a good Job if they stay there. Wm Stevens intended going but his Father is so bad that he has given up the thought.
When is Uncle & Aunt coming here the apples are very scarce the few we have is so small. I suppose they have none at Castle. We have not seen any from there for a long time. John Silvanus Bevan have been down to Uncle George Gibbs for a week. He went a way Saturday; he has 9 months more to be at sea before he can try to pass. George Bevan of the Ship has had a narrow escape he was ship wrecked near Liverpool you will see it in the paper.
Capt. & Mrs Jones of Horton is in London the boys will not want for company if they go.
Good night hoping you are all quite well I remain Your Aff. Sister Jane Bevan
|Picture postcard view of Sketty Road, Swansea|
John Austin Bevan never returned to the Gower to live. In the summer of 1881 he married Jane, Fry, who at the time of the census taken earlier that year was working as a barmaid at the Latimer Arms in Walmer Street, Marylebone, just a stones-throw from John’s home in Fitzroy Street. In 1901 John and Jane are still living at 32 Fitzroy Street with their children Herbert 15, Roland 12, Ada 6 and four year old John Edgar. John has his own building and decorating business and describes himself as self-employed.